Eau Claire (WQOW) – Friday was ‘International Overdose Awareness Day’, and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department is stepping up to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs.
The misuse of these drugs is on the rise in Eau Claire County, according to data from 2017. In Eau Claire County, 6.2 percent high school students admitted to trying prescription drugs in the last 30 days. One out of four student admitted they’re easy to get. In 2016, 1,031 Wisconsin residents died from a drug overdose. On the national level, last year that number was the highest it’s ever been, at nearly 50,000.
“So, we just wanted to send out information on the overdose day just to really reduce the stigma,” said Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. “This is happening to our community as well as communities across the country. So, we want people to open up and have a conversation on what they can specifically can do to help prevent this, because it is preventable.”
The health department recommends knowing what you have at home, getting a lock box, or using a drug drop off for old medications. Follow this link for drop off locations.